Richard Boyd Barrett at the launch of his election campaign in Dun Laoghaire.

The Anti Austerity Alliance and People Before Profit (AAA-PBP) announced something of a merger last year to campaign on a platform of opposition to wa(...)

Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross said: “We are totally and utterly different from any other body or entity in Irish politics.” File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Leading Independent Alliance TD Shane Ross has said Sinn Féin would need to undergo a “Pauline conversion to democracy” before his group could support(...)

The number of Dáil seats has been cut from 166 to 158 and the number of constituencies from 43 to 40. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Big changes in the shape and size of many Dáil constituencies have changed the electoral map of Ireland since the last general election. The number(...)

Mary Lou McDonald:  Denied move was an act of “desperation” by Sinnn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

A union leader behind the policy principles that form the basis for a left-wing voting pact has urged parties and TDs not to take an a la carte app(...)

Pact with other anti-water campaigners makes perfect sense for Sinn Féin. Photograph: The Irish Times

Sinn Féin’s proposed transfer pact with other anti-water campaigners makes perfect sense for the party, even if some of its potential allies don’t (...)

Joe Higgins, with Ruth Coppinger, Paul Murphy and Richard Boyd Barrett during the Anti-Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit press conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A merger between two similar left-wing groups may seem like a modest political step, but it was the result of many months of tortuous discussions abou(...)

Visitors to the website WhichCandidate.ie  just have to indicate where they stand on the same set of issues in order to find out which candidates share their views. Photograph: Alan Betson

Deciding who to vote for in an election can be difficult. In order to make an informed decision, voters have to investigate the policies of each ca(...)